CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO – One hundred forty nine police officers who completed the rigid training of the Special Counter-Insurgency Operation Unit Training (SCOUT) graduated in a simple ceremony held at the parade ground here Sept. 26.
Police Senior Supt. Alexander A. Pumecha, Deputy Regional Director for Operations who represented Chief Supt. Ricardo C. Marquez, PRO1 director as the guest of honor and speaker said that a police does not only combat criminals in the city or the locality but also those who pose threats against national security and democracy. The regional director earlier traveled to Dagupan City, Pangasinan for a consultative meeting with the different prosecutors and law enforcement agencies.
“Insurgency is not only a local matter, it is a worldwide concern and as members of the PNP… we have to fight them to get closer to our mission of lasting peace and sustainable progress,” Pumecha said.
Meanwhile, Senior Supt. Reynaldo G. Biay, Regional Public Safety Battalion 1 (RPSB-1) Battalion Commander, stressed that it is their thrust to make RPSB-1 members 100% SCOUT trained before they are sent to local police stations to give them the competence, skills and the confidence to fight the insurgents and criminals.
Originally, there were 154 trainees. Five members however were not able to graduate due to medical reasons.
During the ceremony, the trainees also had their ceremonial SCOUT insignia pinning.
PNP Modified SCOUT is a course which aims to enhance the combat readiness and capability of PNP in counter-insurgency focusing more on counter strategies and operations that include Close Quarter Battle (CQB) and Immediate Action Drills (IAD).
Aside from the SCOUT, other trainings offered to PNP personnel related to anti-insurgency and anti-criminality are the Scout Ranger, Special Forces, Commando and Special Weapons and Armed Tactics (SWAT). #